Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Kane Williamson survives scare before setting up Black Caps win over England

Kane Williamson survives scare before setting up Black Caps win over England

Adil Rashid provided two crucial breakthroughs in the 14th over: first, a lucky edge off Guptill's willow to get rid of him for 65; and off the next ball, a brilliant catch by Chris Jordan at long on to dismiss Colin de Grandhomme first ball.

Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santer and Trent Boult then restricted England to 184-9, as Dawid Malan (59) and Alex Hales (47) lacked the support they needed to stage a meaningful run chase.

England won the toss and elected to bowl Tuesday in the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series Twenty20 cricket global against New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium. With this win, New Zealand are in a good position to enter the final while England will have to hope they win their last game by a big margin and also for New Zealand to lose to Australia.

Toss: With Eoin Morgan still unavailable, Jos Buttler, the England captain, won the toss and opted to bowl against New Zealand in the fourth Twenty20 worldwide of the three-nation series, with Australia as the other team, in Wellington on Tuesday (February 13).

Captain Kane Williamson led from the front with an innings of 72 off 46 balls against England.

Williamson has batted at No. 3 in recent series, with limited success, and New Zealand have lost three T20s in a row - in the process dropping from No. 1 to No. 4 in the ICC rankings.

New Zealand wicketkeeper Tim Seifert runs out England's David Willey. Chapman scored 20, while wicketkeeper Seifert hit two sixes in his six-ball innings of 14 to take the hosts to the equal highest Twenty20 global score on the ground.

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Opener Martin Guptill had earlier feasted on some inconsistent bowling, setting the tone while Williamson found his feet to score 65 off 40 balls.

"They added a lot of energy, which was great", Williamson said. While three bowlers are vying for the fourth slot, New Zealand do not possess a viable fifth option.

Mark Wood was the man responsible for England's sliding doors moment, hurling the ball wide of the stumps to reprieve home captain Kane Williamson on nought. I can't get away from the plans, I think New Zealand have planned well for this game on this pitch.

"I thought the ball was going to roll a bit further".

"It was nice to spend some time in the middle today to help our side get a good total".

"Playing aggressive cricket, an aggressive brand and all that, that's not just what we're about".

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